HHS drama department to present beloved musical

The musical Fiddler on the Roof will be performed by talented Howell High School students March 8, 9, and 10 in the high school auditorium. The ticket cost will be $7 for students and seniors and $9 for adults ahead of time with a $1 extra charge for tickets purchased at the door.

This play is based from a book of short stories of Teveye, the main character. It is the story of a mild man, Teveye, with five daughters. He was a man who was a strong believer in keeping tradition, and in this story his daughters fall in love with men who proceed to challenge his ideas of tradition.

“This musical offers so many different things,” said Ms. Amanda Malo, the director of the play. “Beautiful singing, the dancing is great, it’s about families, and it has a heavy message.”

Fiddler on the Roof pit orchestra gets ready to perform for spring musical

The HHS drama department will be presenting Fiddler on the Roof on March 8, 9 and 10. This performance will be including theater students as well as the band students. All of the music needed for this play will be performed by the pit orchestra. The 17 musical students either volunteered or were recruited. Band teacher, Mr. Jason Smigell, is the music director of the play.

“The pit is a very taxing job for students,” Smigell says.

The music the pit will be performing is the same music performed by professionals so the students must work very hard to get the music right. “The musical is a challenge because it is so long. It is probably the longest concert they will ever do unless they play another pit,” Smigell says.

The students are the only ones playing in the pit besides Mrs. Diane Ives, the piano accompanier.  “We wouldn’t be able to do it without her,” Smigell says.

The first piece the pit will be playing is the song “Tradition”, which most agree is the hardest piece out of the whole musical. “It freaked us out at first,” Smigell says.

Cameron Pratt is a senior at HHS and trombone player in the pit. “This is my second pit. I was in Brigadoon last year,” Pratt says. Pratt really enjoys when his hard work is worth it. “The performance is the best part. It’s really nice to see our hard work pay off,” Pratt says.

Charley Garlock, a sophomore and flute player in pit, also played in Brigadoon last year and Fiddler will be her second pit. Unlike others in the pit Garlock will be switching instruments. “I switch instruments from the flute to the piccolo,” Garlock says.

Garlock is also the youngest player on first part. “I am the only sophomore on first part and I’ve been on it for two years,” Garlocks says. Garlock has been in band for five years now and plans to keep up her band career for the future.

Mr. Smigell is really proud of all his students in pit. “The kids in pit are very serious and highly motivated students,” Smigell says.

Renee Augustyn, a senior at HHS, is very excited for the pit. “We’re anxious to see how it turns out,” Augustyn says. Augustyn really likes the environment that pit has and how friendly everyone is. She also likes the play compared to some of the musicals last year. “Fiddler is more ethnically diverse than Brigadoon,” Augustyn says.

Everyone involved in the Fiddler pit is eager to perform after all of their hard work and dedication. Any musical put on at HHS needs both the acting talent as well as the musical talent to make every musical successful. Although the audience cannot see the pit during the performance it’s essential to realize the importance of the pit to the play and all of the students’ hard work.

“I’m very grateful to be able to work in the pit the second year in a row, and I am determined to be in the pit the rest of my high school career,” Garlock says.

Fiddler lead plans to pursue career in music

Adam Scibberas, a senior at Howell High School, devotes his life to music, preparing himself for the future ahead. One way he gets this experience is by acting in musicals. This year Scibberas landed the lead in the school musical, Fiddler on the Roof.

Being introduced to acting at a later age, he continues to involve himself daily in whatever way he can. In fact, Fiddler will be the fourth production he’s been in. His sophomore year, when he started acting, he played Lefou in Beauty and the Beast. He has been singing his whole life, but started choir in sixth grade. Now, he’s in A Cappella, Highlander Choral, and Calamity.

When asked why he wanted to audition for Fiddler Scibberas says, “I like musicals and acting… and it’s my senior year so I figured, go big or go home.”

What Scibberas really likes about this show is that it’s different from a lot of other shows and it doesn’t have a typical happy ending. He really admires his character.

“I like that he’s a hard-working father with five daughters and he’s very devoted to his religion. I like that he has dreams.”

After high school Scibberas will be attending Western Michigan University with an undecided major, but he knows he wants to do something with music. When he’s not acting, Scibberas enjoys singing, playing guitar, and being with his friends. This senior has some advice for underclassmen.

“You should always try out for the big roles even if you’re not sure you can do it.” He also says to stick to it and practice as much as you can.

Mrs. Amanda Malo, HHS drama teacher and director of Fiddler, has nothing but good things to say about Scibberas.

“The first show I did with Adam was when he was Lefou in Beauty and the Beast and even then he was a natural performer, and I’m so glad that two years later he’s the lead in this production and I have the opportunity to work with him one last time,” Mrs. Malo says.

Fiddler on the Roof will be presented in the HHS auditorium on March 8, 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m..